For the most part, science fiction has portrayed robots as mindless automatons. It’s only been the likes of Star Trek, Star Wars and Transformers that have shown these artificial beings in a different light. While depicted in different ways, sometimes as creations and others as unique life forms unto themselves one thing is constant. The perception is that the future of robots is an evolving one. As technology develops so does their ability to interact with and play a greater role in our lives (although I’d hope not in the way the Deceptions would want to…!)
It’s clear that robots are changing our day to day lives by helping humans do things better with great efficiency. They augment physical abilities and serves in areas where interaction is needed. In the long run, they will also do your household chores so that you can play your favourite games in Omnia Germany. It’s worth keeping track of these trends as they will help you build credibility and value. So, we’ve compiled a list of the top robotic trends for 2020.
Cobots in the workplace
Cobots are the latest generation of robotic systems that are intended to work alongside humans. Advances in robotic technology and a smaller price tag make cobots a realistic option for medium-sized businesses. No programming expertise is needed to operate cobots and they can be easily programmed through a tablet. They’re mobile, don’t require much space and can be redeployed very easily. Also, they don’t need cages to keep human workers safe while they’re working. They can sense objects and adjust their speed in order to avoid collision with humans.
Since their introduction in 2010, cobots have taken the market by storm. The new trend of this type of robots is making them more accessible. In fact, they have the potential to reduce human input on production by up to 50%. IFR expects cobots sales to grow by 10% in 2020.
In the past few years, a significant focus has been placed on transforming minimally invasive surgery. Therefore, various new surgical robots have become ready for the market. Due to more accurate diagnosis methods, there has been a rapid growth in the amount of non-invasive and minimally invasive surgeries. This has resulted in an increased strain on surgeons that carry out these surgeries.
These robots must be very accurate so that they can help surgeons in their procedures. For instance, endoscopy, which is a minimally invasive surgery that allows surgeons to examine the inside of a patient, is one procedure that robots can perform. As these robots must be compact and consistently precise, the French company EndoControl chose brushless DC-motors while developing its new endoscopy ViKY system. The brushless motors have helped in achieving the required precision and consistency.
These types of developments will help medical facilities to deal with the rising number of surgeries. Robots will also reduce fatigue and ensure the well-being of the surgeon.
Heavier duty robot arms
With the increasing popularity of robots, they are now available in various sizes. There are tiny sized robots that can fit on your TV and giant robots that can lift your car or truck. It is estimated that the market of heavy-duty robots is set to grow to $14.7 billion by the end of 2026. This trend can prove beneficial if you’re using robots for huge tasks. However, it is also beneficial if you want collaborative robots for tasks with a heavy load. From Comeau’s huge Aura with 110kg payload to UR 16e with a 16 Kg payload, robots with impressive payload capacity are available in the market.